On Baghdad by the Bay; August 18th: Interview with BAM! BAM!, Gun and Doll Show, and Only You
Bam!Bam! is the East Bay duo of Chloe Bam! from Stiletta, and Zola Bam! from Make Me and Boyskout. The two play a unique brand of tweeish punkish music that is inspired by early 90âs girl bands like The Frumpies, and The Breeders. The band has been together a little under a year and in that time they have opened for Shonen Knife, The Forgetters, and Grass Widow amongst others. In May the band released the first video for Why I had to Go the title track for their upcoming 7â which earned them acclaim from Bust magazine and the SFist who proclaimed them âthe best band you havenât heard yet. â In October Bam!Bam! will embark on a west coast tour.
Gun and Doll Show
The Gun & Doll Show celebrates the online release of their newest album, American Radio Two. It is the much anticipated sequel to the bandâs last effort, American Radio One, voted one of the top 50 records of 2004 by SF Weekly. The album is a versatile and imaginative auditory trip across the radio dial, representing all brands of American music, done Gun & Doll Show style. This is post-modern pop with Killian MacGeraghtyâs provocative and risk-taking songwriting style at the center. MacGeraghty is the writer, lead singer, mastermind and ringleader of what he calls âThe Gun & Doll Show Cirque du Chevrolet.â He has been called a âboulevard surrealist who actually rocks,â and he tackles a wide range of material on American Radio Two including the first female quarterback in the NFL (Can You Feel It), a rock star who should have chosen a different profession (Cowboy Lingerie Store), and the truth about self-righteous punk rockers (What I Hate About Punks). Further down the dial are requiems to bad relationships (Honest Girl & Iâm Not Bitter), cloned celebrity babies (First Born), as well as terms of endearment (Jungle Ho).
Only You is the collaborative dream pop efforts of Micayla Grace (formerly of Leopold & His Fiction) & Rachel Fannan (formerly of Sleepy Sun). Combining core elements of surf rock and brit pop, Fannan & Grace are making us weep joy struck tears of nostalgia. Its the late 50â²s early 60â²s. Its falling in love for the first time, again.
Having shared bills with J Mascis, the Entrance Band, Young Prisms & Ben Chasney, Only You has also borrowed the talents of Rich Good (Kings & Queens, Psychedelic Furs), Hunter Burgan (AFI) & Jon Sortland (Cigar). They are currently recording in Echo Park California.